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Los Alamos High School Graduate Dr. Nora Lamartine Provides Health Care To Legislators In Santa Fe

on February 28, 2019 - 7:53am
LAHS 2006 graduate Dr. Nora Lamartine works her shift Tuesday as Doctor of the Day at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Dr. Nora Lamartine is doing her shift at the New Mexico Roundhouse as the Doctor of the Day.

During the legislative session, doctors from the New Mexico Academy of Family Physicians take turns staffing an office at the Capitol that provides free medical care to legislators 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and in case of an emergency, to anyone at the Roundhouse.

The New Mexico Medical Society provides funding for pharmacy support for the program.

When not tending to politicians, Lamartine is putting in long hours with El Centro Family Health. The Los Alamos native practices family medicine and obstetrics at the Taos and Espanola clinics operated by El Centro.

“We provide health care to anyone who needs it,” Lamartine said. “We take insurance and we use a sliding scale based on income.”

If someone is truly indigent, they will not be turned away for lack of funds, Lamartine said.

“We have contacts with community health workers who can help them with non-medical needs and services and help them develop a plan of action,” she said.

The clinics receive some government funding and rely on grant money to provide care to those in need.

Access is a big problem for many of the rural communities Lamartine serves. Needed services may be far away, with no transportation available, she said. Visits to specialists may require a trip of many miles.

“The clinics make a big difference in people’s lives,” she said. 

“It’s very important that all the clinics are able to do blood work,” Lamartine said. “We can take care of that right at the clinic.”

Lamartine sees 16 to 20 patients a day, for primary and prenatal care.

“I enjoy getting to know my patients,” she said. “I want to keep them healthy rather than just keeping them alive.”

Lamartine returned to New Mexico in October 2018. She graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and did her residency in family and community medicine at the University of Massachusetts. She then completed a fellowship in surgical obstetrics and women’s health at Texas A&M.

“I’m so glad to be back in New Mexico,” Lamartine said. “There’s no place like it! And here in New Mexico, there’s no shortage of people needing help.”